"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939) *****. One of the best of the "Capra-Korn" movies. Director Capra joins with Jimmy Steward, Jean Arthur, and Claude Rains to reprimand political corruption. Director Frank Capra was criticized as pro-communist and anti-american by the Washington press. 8 years up.
"Gone with the Wind" (1939) *****
"Stagecoach" (1939) *****. John Wayne's greatest role.
"The Wizard of Oz" (1939 *****. what can you say?
"You Can't Take It With You" (1938) *****. Director Frank Capra hits his stride with 1938's Best Picture Oscar. Jimmy Steward, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore are wonderful in telling a hilarious parable about greed and goodness. 7 years up.
"Snow White" (1937) ****
"Modern Times" (1936) ****
"Top Hat" (1934) *****
"Thirty-Nine Steps" (1934) ****
"The Thin Man" (1934) *****. wonderful detective-comedy with William Powell, Myrna Loy, and their dog, Asta. Brilliant and best movie of the 5 "Thin Man" movies.
"City Lights" (1931) ***** This is the highest accomplishment of Charlie Chaplin's career and is considered to be one of the best movies ever made. I suggest you watch a few of Chaplin's other great movies to get the feel of his silent movie genius before watching this drama-comedy. Perhaps watch "The Circus" and "The Gold Rush" first. 8 years up.